Tommy Shelby's huge geographical blunder exposed #PeakyBlinders

Peaky Blinders takes inspiration from a number of historical events from the early 20th century. But a huge hole in Tommy Shelby’s (played by Cillian Murphy) geographical knowledge has been exposed as fans pointed out a flaw in him referring to Turkey’s capital as Istanbul despite the BBC show being set in the 1930s.

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One eagle-eyed fan pointed out Tommy’s decision to refer to the Turkish city as Istanbul exposes a huge plot hole. 

Sharing on a Peaky Blinders forum, the fan said: “Tommy refers to Istanbul. It was always still called Constantinople in the West at that time and would be for several more years.”

Constantinople is an ancient city in modern-day Turkey that’s now known as Istanbul. 

Peaky Blinders is set in the early 20th century and the five series span over nine years in the 1920s. 

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Peaky Blinders plot holePeaky Blinders plot hole: Tommy Shelby made a huge geographical blunder (Image: BBC)

Peaky Blinders plot holePeaky Blinders plot hole: Tommy incorrectly refers to Istanbul in the series (Image: BBC)

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Series one focuses on Birmingham in 1919 just after the end of World War One while series two spans across 1921-1922.

The third series began two years later in 1924 and the following series focussed on a two-year period bringing the show up to 1926.

The most recent series jumped three-years ahead but the series has yet to hit 1930.

Meanwhile, the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne formally established the Republic of Turkey.

Peaky Blinders plot holePeaky Blinders plot hole: The series is set in the 1920s (Image: BBC)

Peaky Blinders plot holePeaky Blinders plot hole: The series takes inspiration from events in the early 20th century (Image: BBC/)

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